Mr Gay Israel crowned queen
Hassan Mirza, GAY.COM
Monday 30 October, 2006
Mr Gay Israel has been crowned as the overall winner of the International Mr Gay Competition 2007, held in Palm Springs.
Nathan Shaked, holder of a law degree and owner of a chain of fitness clubs, dethrowned last yearâ€™s winner, Jesse Bashem of the US.
Mr Gay Israel will be awarded with a modelling contract, a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Puerto Vallarta.
Friday nightâ€™s event, hosted by American comedian Bruce Vilanch, featured contestants from all over the world including: Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lichtenstein, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Vatican City and Mexico.
Second place went to American Grant Ermis, and third went to the Netherlands’ Joep Mesman.
Mr Gay Ireland Keith Kearney, a carpenter, specialising in restorations and renovation, competed but did not place.
Producer of the event Don Spradlin said: “Competitions such as these have been popular in Europe for years.â€
“The winner will serve as a spokesman to raise the visibility of gay men, confront homophobia, and create a positive role model in his travels around the world.”